Beach Information

City Ocean Beach Areas
  • Morro Beach/City Beach - North of Morro Rock
  • Sandspit - South of Morro Rock: Approximately the northernmost mile of the Sandspit is within City limits, the remainder is in Montana de Oro State Park. Sandspit access is by paddling from the Morro Bay Harbor or via land through Montana de Oro.
City Beach Areas Inside Morro Bay Harbor
  • Mother's Beach/Coleman Beach: Adjacent to Coleman Park at the north end of the Embarcadero.
  • No-Name Beach: Adjacent to the paved State Park parking lot on the immediate south side of Morro Rock.
Beach Safety & Regulations
  1. Natural Hazards: All ocean beaches and open coastal areas have natural hazards. Large surf and breaking waves can sweep previously dry areas without notice. Rip currents can be a deadly hazard. Always use caution and never turn your back on the ocean. Weather and wind can turn on a moment's notice.
  2. Lifeguards: During summer months, from roughly Memorial Day to Labor Day, the Morro Bay Harbor Department staffs 2 lifeguard towers on the City Beach. Lifeguards are on duty from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and beachgoers are always encouraged to consult them before entering the water. Always swim near a lifeguard.
  3. Pets: All dogs must be on-leash within City limits. No open fires or fireworks are allowed. The Sandspit and Morro Strand State Beach have sensitive Snowy Plover nesting areas that are fenced during nesting season to protect their habitat.
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